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Two Mysteries From Crooked Lane Perfect For Halloween

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



This week we have reviews of 2 mysteries from Crooked Lane authors perfect for your Halloween reading, as they involve haunting and ghosts-Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook, and Doom with a View by Kate Kingsbury.

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11th Hour Paranormal Research Society

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


October is a busy time of year for the 11th Hour Paranormal Research Society (PRS). Whether it’s a presentation on the paranormal at A Book Barn in Clovis or an appearance at Fresno’s Gaia Fest Fall 2017, the Halloween season keeps the members of PRS on their toes. Kings River Life caught up with member Kimi Lopez to get the scoop on the organization’s most active month.

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March of Crime By Jess Lourey: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


In the year since she moved to Battle Creek, Minnesota, Mira James has encountered at least one murder every month. Mira is justifiably concerned that the combination of her, living in Otter Tail County, ensures for lethal results. That never became clearer than in the previous month, which still has Mira in a devastating state of bereavement.

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White Trash Zombie Unchained By Diana Rowland: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Angel is a zombie. You won’t see her moaning for brains, as long as she’s adequately supplied with freeze-dried brain chips and the fresh stuff she can grab at her morgue-assistant job, and she is the point-of-view character of Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie Unchained. She’s foul-mouthed, a former druggie, and recently reassembled after falling apart when the parasite that gives her zombie abilities was damaged by chemical abuse.

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Jessica’s Video Game News for October

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Jessica Ham



October means Halloween which means a lot of horror games to play. Horror games are not all that are released in October but that is the majority. Let’s players have horror-thons of indie horror games and big release horror games. This October has been a mix of horror and games set in the past, as well as some fun cartoon adventures.

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November Coming Attractions: Turkey Edition

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


No Turkeys in this selection! Five new series and favorite authors to savor!
Debut novel of the Mystery Bookshop series by V.M. Burns (she also does the Pickled and Preserved series). The Plot Is Murder is set in North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Rattie Ratz: The Summer Adventures of Antoine and Bijou

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Stephanie Cameron


Antoine and Bijou are two special boys with a very special role: teaching the next generation how wonderful rats are. Antoine and Bijou are brothers who began life, as do so many of the babies brought to rescues, as part of an “oops” litter. However, they had a lucky start to life–a much different story from what most rescue rats go through. The two beautiful brothers were born into a loving family with children who doted on them every day.

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Magical Cats, Ghosts, & Food Mysteries

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower



This week we have a couple of mysteries involving magical cats and ghosts, and one foodie mystery-A Tale of Two Kitties: A Magical Cats Mystery by Sophie Kelly, Ghost on the Case: Bailey Ruth series by Carolyn Hart & Pudding Up With Murder: An Undercover Dish Mystery by Julia Buckley.

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Assaulted Caramel By Amanda Flower: Review/Giveaway/Recipe

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower



New York City chocolatier Bailey King is on the verge of achieving the dream. Her mentor is retiring and ready to name his successor, and it’s between Bailey and one other candidate. Monday is the day of the announcement.

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Cactus Flower: A Fantasy Short Story

FROM THE October 28 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by V.S. Kemanis



ROY SAT ON his haunches squinting up at the clouds, thick and white as whipped cream piled high on a glass plate. His nostrils sucked dust and the air pulled moisture from his eyes before it could surface.

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Night of the Living Dead Ghost: Halloween Short Story

FROM THE October 26 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Daryl Wood Gerber



“Ayiii!” Jenna stamped her foot and flicked the Hello Kitty pillow she got for Christmas six years ago across the room. Why was “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” playing on the radio? Didn’t the disc jockey know that Denny Henderson had dumped Jenna for Lili Littlefield today? Didn’t the DJ know that Jenna was at home, alone, on her birthday? Her parents took her brother and sister out to dinner on this chilly spring night because they thought Denny was taking Jenna for a burger and milkshake to celebrate. As if.

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical On Stage at The Saroyan

FROM THE October 26 ISSUE

IN THE Sarah Peterson-Camacho SECTION

by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


“So Far Away”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Up on the Roof,” “Natural Woman”–all of these songs famously sprung from the pen of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical charts her meteoric rise, from love-struck teen songwriter to world-renowned musician.

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Driving Miss Daisy Presented By Visalia Players

FROM THE October 25 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Nancy Holley



The Visalia Players are proud to present Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy. The play and film made popular by such stars as Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Angela Lansbury, and James Earl Jones depict the twenty-five year relationship of a Jewish woman raised in the segregated South and her African-American chauffeur, a product of the same era.

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The Case of the Costumed Thief: Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 24 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Barbara Schlichting



My Jingle Dancer figurine was missing!
From the moment I walked into my store I knew something was wrong. I had a small collection of small, antique dolls with historic and cultural significance. Now my collection of figurines arrayed on the glass shelf in the window, was smaller by one, my Jingle Dancer.

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The Rewards of Adopting a Senior

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


Many senior dogs come into shelters or rescues because their owners have become ill or have died. Some are simply cruelly discarded from the only home they have ever known because they have committed the sin of getting old, and their families can’t be bothered carrying through on the bargain all dog parents make, or should make, when taking on a canine companion, i.e. to care for them throughout their lives.

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The Western Star By Craig Johnson: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Back in 1972, Walt Longmire was not the wry, easy-going sheriff readers love today. Just two weeks of working under Absaroka County Sheriff Lucian Connelly had Walt questioning his choice of career, despite the pressure of having to support a new wife and upcoming baby. In his first year as president of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association, Lucian was dragging along his rookie deputy for a sheriff’s junket on the Western Star steam train to Evanston.

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Feral Paws: Black is Beautiful

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lupe Gore


It’s October, and that means Halloween is coming! With Halloween come ghosts, pumpkins, all things creepy and, of course, black cats. Now, there are superstitions about black cats and bad luck—which aren’t true at all. However, those superstitions still keep many people from adopting a black cat. Thankfully, for many black cats who were overlooked at kill shelters and given a death sentence, Feral Paws Rescue stepped in and saved their lives.

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Murder at Midnight By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 21 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Another engaging story with a favorite character in Kathi Daley’s literary family! Kailani “Lani” Pope, lifeguard at the Dolphin Bay resort, has found another dead body, this one at the bottom of a cliff. However, and here is Kathi’s twist, the discovery has Lani perplexed since this body was reported to have died five years ago! Sure, no body had been found then, and Lani’s father was first on the scene, finding the murdered body of an heiress, chasing the possible killer to a cliff and witnessing that man jump. All believed no one could have survived that leap.

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